Techung and Kit Walker | Sky Treasure

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Sky Treasure

by Techung and Kit Walker

At last, the collection of songs of freedom and love from this beloved Tibetan singer is available. Produced by Kit Walker and Techung at Freehouse, the album features original and traditional music in a dynamic journey from Tibet to America.
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1. Auspicious Moon
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2. Zambuling-The Universe
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3. Land of Snows
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4. Pawo Thupten Ngodup
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5. Tashi Gathon
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6. Lhasang-Incense to the Gods
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7. Compassion Prayer(Treasure Revealer)
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8. Aku Pema-The Lotus One
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9. Pangen Metok
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sky Treasure Review
Derk Richardson
Mix Media
Yoga Journal
November 2001

TECHUNG AND KIT WALKER: SKY TREASURE

Child of exiled Tibetans, schooled in opera at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India, and steeped in the folk music of his people, Techung (a.k.a. Tashi D. Sharzur) brings every aspect of that background to bear on this collaboration with Northern California keyboardist/producer Kit Walker.

Joined by percussionist Geoffrey Gordon, Techung and Walker have successfully negotiated the daunting terrain between acoustic music rooted in ancient traditions and technologically-enhanced New Age, world-fusion soundscapes.

Techung plays dranyen (Tibetan lute), piwang (Tibetan violin), and bamboo flute, which fit naturally with Gordon's hand drums and miscellaneous percussion, and play beautifully off Walker's judiciously applied synthesizers and drum programming.

Techung's most stirring instrument, however, is his voice.

Although he performs in his native tongue, his intentions are powerfully expressed in his emotionally saturated tenor.

In "Land of Snows," he sings of the treacherous journey through the Himalayas undertaken by Tibetans fleeing the Chinese occupation; "Pawo Thupten Ngodup" was inspired by a freedom fighter who sacrificed himself in self-immolation on April 27, 1998, in support of a Tibetan hunger strike; Techung wrote "Tashi Gathon" as a modern Tibetan New Year song, envisioning a free Tibet; he sings "Aku Pema - The Lotus One," in homage to the Dalai Lama, because the Chinese government banned it; and in "Compassion Prayer (Treasure Revealer)," after singing a melody based on a ceremonial song from his mother's home region, he chants prayer written by the Dalai Lama.

From beginning to end, Walker, who has worked with Jai Uttal, Deval Premal, the Native American trio Walela, and others, expands the aural space with swirling atmospherics and contemporary electronics, lending momentum to the music, and providing a colorful, and always respectful, backdrop for Techung's messages.

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Susan E. Kinnin

Sky Treasure
This CD is quintesential Techung, with the addition of Kit Walker's elemental western flavor. Beautiful, moving music and lyrics. Treat yourself to this musical journey.
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James Simcik

Really good karma on a CD
I like this CD alot. It combines many rare ethnic instruments with Techung's incredible voice into a composite clarity with Kit Walker's comtemporary orchestrations. The result is a music that holds elemental vitality that takes one by surprise. The CD would be even better with more liner notes and lyrics.
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SUSAN SHANNON Manjushri Di-Chen School of Thuckje Choeling Monas

deeply emotional and visceral yet delightful gift of music
Every now and then someone gives me a recording that immediately becomes an intimate companion. I have traveled, slept, shared, sang and cried with this recording since first hearing it nearly 6 months ago. Techung and Kit Walker have merged here in a collectiv e effort resulting in a deeply emotional and visceral yet delightful gift of music, which depicts clearly the changing status of Tibet and Tibetans today. Both musicians are greatly accomplished in their own right with numerous recordings and varied backrounds. Techung's voice and languaging of the traditional instruments he has mastered create a journe y of aural landscapes filled with respect and homage to the treasury of history, heritage, courage and devotion whi ch are the corners tones by which the Tibetan culture is rebuilding itself outside of the homeland of Tibet. Kit Walker combined the perfect subtle flavors of west meets east in terms of the musical arrangements, keyboards and percussi ve rhyt hms. Geoffrey Gordon enhances those rhythms on 3 tracks with his own multiethnic style. The lyrics of the 9 songs, sung in Tibetan, create a panoramic experience of the Tibetan situation today spiritually, emotionally and politically. Check it out!
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